Creature is a work about origins - biographical, ethnographic, sociocultural or aesthetic. József Trefeli and Gábor Varga tackle ethnographic material to place his contemporary choreographic practice under the magnifying glass of its archaic heritage. A pursuit that gives birth to a new choreography, a "creature" abounding with codes, intentions, and keys to its interpretation. Creature shows us the kinship between the language of contemporary dance and the exoticism of folk dances. The result is a surprising piece, crazy with energy, rich with self-deprecating humour and spiced by extravagant costumes.

Concept, Choreography & Dance: József Trefeli & Gábor Varga
Costumes: Kata Tóth (masks by Christophe Kiss)
Sound: Frédérique Jarabo


József Trefeli completed his dance studies at the VCA with a BA in Dance. His first contract with 2 Dance Plus in Perth allowed him to take dance to remote parts of Australia. Since then, József Trefeli has maintained his interest to share dance with audiences of the most diverse backgrounds and cultures far and wide. Recent creations which have tourned in Australia, Africa, Central America, Europe, Middle East and Switzerland include Kabaret Galaktika 2011 and Mutant Slappers and the Planet Bang 2012 both created in collaboration with the fabulous Kylie Walters, LIFT 2013 and UP 2014 created with the magnificent Mike Winter and JINX 103 2011 and Creature 2015 created in collaboration with Gábor Varga.

Gábor Varga is a Hungarian dancer, and performer who began his career as a folk dancer. Between 1995 and 2000 he studied at Talentum International School of Dance and Musical Art in Budapest, after which he was accepted to P.A.R.T.S in Brussels. During his time in Brussels, Gábor participated in works of many renowned choreographers including Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, David Zambrano, William Forsythe, Michèle Anne De Mey, Mette Ingvartsen, Thomas Hauert, just to name a few. Many of these works toured with Gábor all around the world. Since moving to Geneva, Switzerland where besides working with Gilles Jobin, Alias/Guilherme Botelho, and József Trefeli, Gábor has become involved in administration and production for artistic projects.


Dates: 17-19 March
17-18 March - 6pm
19 March - 12pm
Duration: 35 mins
Where: CARLTON BATHS, 216/248 Rathdowne Street Carlton (5 min. walk from Dancehouse)
Cost: $25 F | $20 C | $15 DH Members & Yarra residents
Bookings: click here


Image credit: Gregory Batardon

Creature is supported by the City of Yarra through Dancehouse; Département de la Culture of Geneva, Pro Helvetia, Loterie Romande, Schweizerische Interpretengenossenschaft SIG, Commune de Lancy, Corodis, Migros Pour Cent Culturel, Republic and Canton of Geneva. Co-productions by ADC /Geneva; Centre National de la Danse/Paris; Arsenic – centre d'art scénique contemporain/Lausanne; Kaserne Basel; CCN - Ballet de Lorraine, Nancy/ Migrations, Wales.
This tour is made possible with the support of Pro Helvetia.


DANCE MASSIVE is an initiative of Arts House, Malthouse and Dancehouse in conjunction with Ausdance Victoria. Dance Massive is supported by Creative Victoria and the Australian Government's Ministry for the Arts. The delegate program of Dance Massive is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.The Dancehouse Dance Massive program is supported by the City of Yarra and its public program, by Victoria College of the Arts.